Traffic stop leads to burglary arrest in Sammamish
September 27, 2013
New: Sept. 27, 12:47 p.m.
Sammamish police arrested a man who had what may have been stolen goods in his car. An officer noticed a Jeep Cherokee parked at the 7-11 on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at about 5:05 a.m. Sept. 16, according to Police reports. He recognized the vehicle as having been associated with a burglary in Sammamish, and intended simply to attempt to identify the driver and vehicle.
After approaching, the officer contacted the driver and passenger and asked their names. Neither had ID, but the officer recognized one man as a “prolific burglar.”
After checking in, the officer found one of the men had two outstanding warrants – one from Auburn for theft and the other from King County for driving with a suspended license. The officer placed that man under arrest.
The officer was able to see inside the car, and noticed several items which matched the descriptions of items recently reported as stolen. He asked the arrested man about them. The man claimed they were his and he was moving them out of his parent’s house. When the officer asked the man to describe the items, he could not, and he kept trying to look at them in the car.
The officer then asked the man for his parent’s phone number so he could call and verify that their son was moving out. The man replied his parent were old and would not take kindly to being awakened so early in the morning.
The officer then asked the man if he wanted to be listed as the owner of the tools, knowing that if they came back as stolen, he could be charged for possession of stolen property. The man then changed his story, saying: “I guess I’ll have to cut my losses.”
He then asked if he could get his phone and cigarettes from the vehicle. The officer said the vehicle was being impounded, pending a search warrant, and no one could get anything from them. The man began to pout and said, “but … that’s a new pack.”
The other man was taken to the Issaquah jail, while the first was taken to King County Jail and booked on his warrants.